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The Battle Between Carnival and Feast - Adrian Ghenie at Palazzo Cini Gallery in Venice

Adrian Ghenie, Figure with Dog, 2019, Oil on canvas, 250×200 cm (98,4 x 78,7 in)Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London· Paris, Salzburg© Adrian Ghenie (Venice, Italy) The new season at Palazzo Cini Gallery kicks off with the celebrated Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie, whose paintings not only engage with the history of painting, but also with "painting the texture of history."As did painters before him, Ghenie fuses grand themes and narratives with contemporary figures and current event...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Venice Italy, Dorsoduro, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Luca Massimo Barbero, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Cini, Adrian Ghenie, Vittorio Cini, Palazzo Cini Gallery, Ghenie


Rare Chance to see Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" at Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice 2019

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1490) (Venice, Italy) One of the most famous drawings in the world, Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), whose home is the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, is rarely put on display because of its fragile nature. Now, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, the Accademia has mounted an exhibition entitled Leonard da Vinici. Model Man of the World, which features the delicate ink on paper drawing. Leonardo da Vinici. L...
Tags: Travel, Washington, France, Italy, Cambridge, Venice, Florence, Christ, Venice Italy, Leonardo, Leonard, Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci, Windsor Castle, National Gallery of Art, Fitzwilliam Museum


Rare Chance to see Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" at Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1490) (Venice, Italy) One of the most famous drawings in the world, Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), whose home is the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, is rarely put on display because of its fragile nature. Now, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, the Accademia has mounted an exhibition entitled Leonard da Vinici. Model Man of the World, which features the delicate ink on paper drawing. Leonardo da Vinici. L...
Tags: Travel, Washington, France, Italy, Cambridge, Venice, Florence, Christ, Venice Italy, Leonardo, Leonard, Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci, Windsor Castle, National Gallery of Art, Fitzwilliam Museum


Looking Far to the Future: San Marco - The Basilica of Venice in the Third Millennium

Sala del Maggior Consiglio - Great Council Chamber - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Power. Glory. Wealth. The sheer magnificence of the Great Council Chamber inside Palazzo Ducale is overwhelming. The immense hall was where the noblemen of the Great Council of the Venetian Republic convened, the 1,000 to 2,000 aristocrats who composed the most important political body of Venice and who were the guardians of the laws of State. The Great Council met for the first time in the Sala del Magg...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Munich, West, Venice, Istanbul, San Marco, East, Aachen, Basilica, Sala, Constantinople, Roman Empire, Hagia Sophia, University of Cologne, Venetian Republic


Looking to the Future: San Marco - The Basilica of Venice in the Third Millennium

Sala del Maggior Consiglio - Great Council Chamber - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Power. Glory. Wealth. The sheer magnificence of the Great Council Chamber inside Palazzo Ducale is overwhelming. The immense hall was where the noblemen of the Great Council of the Venetian Republic convened, the 1,000 to 2,000 aristocrats who composed the most important political body of Venice and who were the guardians of the laws of State. The Great Council met for the first time in the Sala del Magg...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Munich, West, Venice, Istanbul, San Marco, East, Aachen, Basilica, Sala, Constantinople, Roman Empire, Hagia Sophia, University of Cologne, Venetian Republic


La Biennale Dance 2019 & Paolo Baratta's Profound Remarks

President Paolo Baratta & Director Marie Chouinard - Photo by Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) ON BEcCOMING A SmArT GOd-dESS is the title of the 2019 La Biennale di Venezia International Festival of Contemporary Dance, directed by the effervescent Marie Chouinard. It runs for 10 days, from June 21-30, with 29 shows by 22 choreographers and companies from all over the world in venues throughout Venice.Towards the end of the press conference today, President Paolo Baratta made some profound remark...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Margherita, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Umberto, La Biennale, Republic of Italy, Marie Chouinard, Cat Bauer Venice Italy, Paolo Baratta, Baratta, Venice City Council


Food, Glorious Food! San Giorgio Café with Filippo La Mantia opens in Venice

San Giorgio Café with Filippo La Mantia - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the loveliest, most peaceful and spiritual islands on the globe, now adds great cuisine to its offerings with the opening of the San Giorgio Café and food created by one of Italy's most renowned cooks, Filippo La Mantia.With origins that date back to the ninth century, the Benedictine monastery on San Giorgio hosted Cosimo de' Medici when he was exiled from Florence in 143...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Italy, Venice, Florence, Palermo, Sicily, Benedictine, Giorgio, San Giorgio Maggiore, The interior, Filippo, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio, Andrea Palladio


The San Giorgio Café Featuring the Food of Filippo La Mantia Opens on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

San Giorgio Café with Filippo La Mantia - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the loveliest, most peaceful and spiritual islands on the globe, now adds great cuisine to its offerings with the opening of the San Giorgio Café and food created by one of Italy's most renowned cooks, Filippo La Mantia.With origins that date back to the ninth century, the Benedictine monastery on San Giorgio hosted Cosimo de' Medici when he was exiled from Florence in 143...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Italy, Venice, Florence, Palermo, Sicily, Benedictine, Giorgio, San Giorgio Maggiore, The interior, Filippo, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Island of San Giorgio, Andrea Palladio


Ocean Space throws Open the Doors of the Ancient Church of San Lorenzo in Venice

Ocean Space - Moving Off the Land by Joan Jonas (Venice, Italy) The Church of San Lorenzo, a towering structure with exposed bricks and no elaborate facade, sat alone and closed for more than a century except for a few temporary installations. For years, stray cats were its only friends. Its roof was leaking and there was a gaping hole in the floor. The current church was built in 1592-1602, and deconsecrated in 1810 after the invasion of Napoleon's troops and the fall of the Venetian Rep...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Marco Polo, San Lorenzo, Napoleon, Venetian Republic, Biennale, Luigi Nono, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Joan Jonas, Ocean Space, Joan Jonas Venice Italy The Church, Ariel Guzik, Ocean Space at Church


Venice Biennale Art Exhibition 2019 "May You Live in Interesting Times" - The Press Conference + List of Collateral Events

(Venice, Italy) At the press conference today, March 7, at Ca' Giustinian, La Biennale's headquarters, Ralph Rugoff, the curator of the 58th International Art Exhibition, said that in the age of Twitter we are actually getting less information. People group up and follow like-minded people, and block those who have another point of view. Rugoff gave his presentation with a twinkle in his eye.The title of this year's exhibition is "May You Live in Interesting Times," which had been descr...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Wales, Hillary Clinton, Venice, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy, Campo, Santa Maria, Cannaregio, Biennale, Tana, Chiesa, Dorsoduro, Saloni, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog


Venice Biennale Art Exhibition 2019 "May You Live in Interesting Times" - The Press Conference

(Venice, Italy) At the press conference today, March 7, at Ca' Giustian, La Biennale's headquarters, Ralph Rugoff, the curator of the 58th International Art Exhibition said in the age of Twitter we are actually getting less information. People group up and follow like-minded people, and block those who have another point of view. Rugoff gave his presentation with a twinkle in his eye.The title of this year's exhibition is "May You Live in Interesting Times," which had been described as ...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Wales, Hillary Clinton, Venice, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy, Campo, Santa Maria, Cannaregio, Biennale, Tana, Chiesa, Dorsoduro, Saloni, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog


THE ORIGINAL: "Making a Good Impressionist - Going Undercover as Van Gogh, a Mask Maker Rediscovers Anonymity in Venice" by Cat Bauer

Mask Maker Sergio Boldrin leads parade in Piazza San Marco for "Beheading of the Bull" during Venice Carnival 2019 Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) After discovering that my article "Venice Carnival 2017 and a Brief History of Mask-Making" that I had first published on this blog in 2008 had been plagiarized, we have finally dug up the original print newspaper article. I had written a feature entitled "Making a Good Impressionist - Going Undercover as Van Gogh, a Mask Maker Rediscovers Anony...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Vogue, Italy, Venice, Carnival, Harper, Bazaar, Naples, Arles, Napoleon, Van Gogh, Carlo Goldoni, Sergio, Venice Italy, Palm Beach


Francesco Morosini - The Great Venetian Naval Commander and His Cat Who Went to War

Venice Campanile from Palazzo Ducale - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Happy Birthday to Francesco Morosini! One of Venice's greatest heroes is 400 years old today, and many of the most important institutions in town will be celebrating throughout the year. Morosini is known for his military campaigns in Greece against the Turks, especially for his victories in the Peloponnese peninsula, and was called Il Peloponnesiaco. He was the Doge of Venice from 1688 until he died on January 16, 16...
Tags: Travel, Post, Greece, Navy, Athens, Parthenon, Venice, Acropolis, Francesco, San Giorgio Maggiore, Candia, Morea, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Palazzo Ducale, Benedictine Monastery, Arsenale


Blame the Moon - Venice Carnival 2019 & Things to Do

Blame the Moon - Venice Carnival 2019 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) It's Carnival time in Venice! This year's theme is "Blame the Moon," that celestial body responsible for all sorts of chaos here on earth, from love affairs to ocean tides. The festivities kicked off with the water show on the Rio di Cannaregio on Saturday evening, February 16, with fanciful floats featuring acrobats and lights dancing along the fondamenta, topped off by an enormous moon-faced balloon, giving the rea...
Tags: Travel, Google, Italy, Cambridge, Venice, Adrian, Eagle, Grand Canal, Sergio, Venice Italy, Carnevale, Merlo, Barbara, Rialto, Cannaregio, Sergio Boldrin


Giorgione's Painting "La Vecchia" Gets a Facelift Before Traveling from Venice to the USA

Before & After restoration: Giorgione, La Vecchia (particular) © Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia (Venice, Italy) The portrait that the mysterious Venetian artist Giorgione painted of his mother, La Vecchia (The Old Woman), around 1508-1510 is heading to the States after a fresh nip and tuck.On Thursday evening, February 7, we had the opportunity to see La Vecchia in her new splendor before she takes center stage at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio from February 15 to May 5. After ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York City, US, United States, Ohio, Venice, States, Republic, Genoa, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Hartford, Hartford Connecticut, La Vecchia, Leonardo da Vinci


Giorgione's "La Vecchia" Gets a Facelift Before Traveling from Venice to the USA

Before & After restoration: Giorgione, La Vecchia (particular) © Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia (Venice, Italy) The portrait that the mysterious Giorgione painted of his mother, La Vecchia (The Old Woman), around 1508-1510 is heading to the States after a fresh nip and tuck. On Thursday evening, February 7, we had the opportunity to see her in her new splendor before she takes center stage at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio from February 15 to May 5. After that she is going on t...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York City, US, United States, Ohio, Venice, States, Republic, Genoa, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Hartford, Hartford Connecticut, La Vecchia, Gabriele


Few Tourists and Lots of Art - Venice is Joyful in January

Agostino Nani Mocenigo - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice is joyful in January, when locals mostly have the city to ourselves. Many shops are closed for winter vacations and renovations. The air is brisk and cold. You can see the snow-capped Alps hovering surrealistically in the background. The torrent of tourists has dwindled to a manageable flow, and the vaporetti dawdle on the Grand Canal. It is a brief pause to catch one's breath before Carnival arrives on February 16, and the ...
Tags: Travel, Atlantic, Italy, Venice, Vail, Grand Canal, Veneto, Galleria, Sasso, Pesaro, Dorsoduro, Agostino, Regional Council, Rousseau, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Peggy Guggenheim Collection


Few Tourists and Lots of Art - January is Joyful in Venice

Agostino Nani Mocenigo - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice is joyful in January, when locals mostly have the city to ourselves. Many shops are closed for winter vacations and renovations. The air is brisk and cold. You can see the snow-capped Alps hovering surrealistically in the background. The torrent of tourists has dwindled to a manageable flow, and the vaporetti dawdle on the Grand Canal. It is a brief pause to catch one's breath before Carnival arrives on February 16, and the ...
Tags: Travel, Atlantic, Italy, Venice, Vail, Grand Canal, Guggenheim, Veneto, Galleria, Sasso, Pesaro, Dorsoduro, Agostino, Regional Council, Rousseau, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog


Vocal Skyline Rocks the Frari on Epiphany - Venice, Italy

Vocal Skyline rocks the Frari - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Vocal Skyline, the Venetian choral group, rocked the Frari on Epiphany, kicking off the New Year with a seismic shift. It was the most astonishing concert I have ever seen in a church on a sacred holiday, with tunes by Michael Jackson, Abba, Queen, Cold Play -- even "Mad World" by Gary Jules -- mixed in with more traditional fare, all somehow fitting profoundly into the theme of the Epiphany, updated for contemporary ears. T...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Venice Italy, Christopher Columbus, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Canova, Gary Jules, Cat Bauer Venice Italy Vocal Skyline, Michael Jackson Abba Queen Cold Play, Cristina Pustetto Marco Toso Borella, Giacomo Franzoso, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Cat Bauer Vocal Skyline, Marco Toso Borella


Happy New Year 2019 from Venice, Italy! (And what about that new arrival tax?)

(Venice, Italy) We start the New Year in Venice with the news that a new law has passed, and day-tripping tourists will now be charged a fee from €2.5 to €5 -- up to €10 during the highest season -- to enter the city. It is not yet clear exactly how the fee will be implemented, but anything to ease the burden off residents, to me, is a good thing.Last year the living situation in Venice was unbearable. Cruise ships, busloads and boatloads full of day-trippers dumped off people in Venice for jus...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Italy, Venice, Golden Gate Bridge, Venice Italy, Port Authority, Luigi Brugnaro, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Brugnaro


Merry Christmas from Venice! 2018

Merry Christmas from Venice 2018 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice is a Catholic city, with churches in every campo, and bells atop steeples ringing hourly throughout the town. Founded in 421 A.D. just around the time of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, Venice naturally leaned toward the East to the Byzantium Empire in Constantinople, whose official state religion was Christianity. Its isolated position and seafaring merchant nobility allowed Venice to create a unique b...
Tags: Travel, Egypt, Venice, Alexandria, San Marco, Jesus Christ, Mark, Constantinople, Piazza San Marco, Alexandria Egypt, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Cat Bauer Venice Italy Venice, Western Roman Empire Venice, Basiica, Christian Church of Alexandria


The Italy of Photographers - 24 Artists' Tales at the New M9 Museum in Mestre-Venezia

Italy of Photographers at M9 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Italy of Photographers. 24 Artists' Tales is the first temporary exhibition specially developed for the new M9 Museum, a structural design masterpiece by Sauerbruch Hutton that has transformed the heart of Mestre. Curated by Denis Curti, the distinguished art director of Casa dei Tre Oci, the exhibition in the enormous space on the third floor of the museum examines the 20th century as seen through Italian photography.I w...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Palermo, Venice Italy, Mestre, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Casa dei Tre Oci, Marsilio, Sauerbruch Hutton, Letizia Battaglia, Denis Curti, Mario de Biasi, New Multimedia Museum, Mestre Venezia, Franco Basaglia, Gianni Berengo Gardi


The Beat Goes on at Hotel Danieli in Venice

Christmas Tree at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) American literature had fascinated the Italian writer and journalist Fernanda Pivano (1917-2009) from a young age. She made her mark by translating important works from the States into Italian, opening up her countrymen's minds to what was happening across the ocean. She hung out with Hemingway and Bob Dylan, and brought the radical words of the Beat Generation to Italy, becoming a crucial part of their revolution.On Tuesd...
Tags: Travel, United States, Bob Dylan, Arkansas, Italy, Venice, States, Road, Shakespeare, Jack Kerouac, Romeo, Hemingway, Allen Ginsburg, Blake, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Danieli


M9, the New Multimedia Museum of the 20th Century in Mestre, will Blow Your Mind

M9 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Two Venetians that I greatly respect told me that I had to go to the opening of M9, the new multimedia Museum of the 20th Century in Mestre because it was the most exciting thing to happen in a long time. I resisted because I think Mestre is one of the least attractive cities I have ever seen, especially from the point of view of someone who lives in Venice, the most beautiful city in the world.Well, I went. M9 is something so astonishing, revolutiona...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Senate, Berlin, Italy, Venice, Venice Biennale, Bauer, Santa Maria, Luigi Brugnaro, Mestre, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, La Biennale, Sauerbruch Hutton, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara


A World Without Venice and Rhinos? Magnificence vs. Luxury

Pietro Longhi, Clara the Rhinoceros, 1751 (Venice, Italy) Both Venice and the Rhinoceros are endangered species, ravenously desired and unthinkingly consumed by a proliferating consumer class. That was the gist of the symposium on November 24th at Palazzo Contarini Polignac entitled Beauty and the Beast: Venice and the Rhino.The rhinoceros has walked the earth for more than 50 million years, and is the world's oldest living mammal. Its horn has become one of the most costly luxury items o...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Gigi, Venice, Marco Polo, Academy, Catherine, Clara, Iberia, Grand Canal, Carnevale, University of Melbourne, Bauer, Mark Smith, University of Louisville, Edmond


Remembering Venetian Valeria Solesin, Killed in the November 2015 Paris Attacks

Graduation day in Piazza San Marco - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) One of the perks of graduating from Ca' Foscari, Venice's university, is that the ceremony takes place in Piazza San Marco, one of the most breathtaking venues on the planet. On November 16th, thousands of friends and relatives witnessed young students take that monumental step on their life's voyage.Three years ago today, the residents of Venice gathered in Piazza San Marco for a much sadder event: the candlelight vigi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Isil, Paris, Venice, Daesh, Venice Italy, Piazza San Marco, Valeria, Sorbonne University, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Allianz Worldwide Partners, Valeria Solesin, Ca Foscari Venice, Valeria Solesin Valeria Solesin, Trento University


Juliet texts emojis but Romeo forgets his smartphone: Shakespeare in Venice at Hotel Danieli

Shakespeare in Venice at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) William Shakespeare, the world's most famous English playwright, set one third of his plays in Italy. This rich exotic backdrop allowed him the freedom to tackle difficult subjects that might have been taboo on his native soil.On Friday evening, November 9, I was a guest at the magnificent 14th century hall of Palazzo Dandolo, home of Hotel Danieli, and the stage for Shakespeare in Venice, a Journey through Shakespe...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Marriott, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, Jack Kerouac, Verona, Romeo, Venice Italy, Juliet, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Danieli, Insalata, Hotel Danieli, Palazzo Dandolo


Alone in the Doge's Palace - Venice, Italy

Palazzo Ducale at night - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Tonight I was alone inside the Doge's Palace with only the phantoms of the past. I had come from a book presentation in the Doge's Private Chapel. It was not the first time I have been alone inside Palazzo Ducale.When I first arrived in Venice twenty years ago, I was fortunate enough to have an access-all-areas pass to the Doge's Palace to do some research, and could wander freely through the rooms rich with the Renaissance. I met...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Bauer, Mary Poppins, Scala, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Palazzo Ducale, Doge s Palace, Palace Venice Italy, Sansovino, Calatrava Bridge


Acqua Alta - Exceptional High Water in Venice, October 2018

Acqua alta on the Zattare in Venice - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) We are having our first acqua alta, or high water, of the fall season, and it is a doozy. I can't remember it being this high since back in 2008, ten years ago.There is a siren that goes off to warn the citizens of Venice that acqua alta is expected, which starts with a shattering air raid wail, then segues into four ascending harmonic tones that sound something like Close Encounters of the Third Kind. With each ascend...
Tags: Travel, Venice, San Marco, Venice Italy, Rialto, Piazza San Marco, Gino, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Zattare, Acqua Alta Exceptional High Water, Punta della Salute, Turismo Venezia, Province of Venice High Water Information Centre


It's a First in Italy: Léon Bakst, Acclaimed Set & Costume Designer of the Ballets Russe, at Palazzo Cini in Venice

1909 Amoun costume for Michel Fokine in Cleopatra - design by Léon Bakst - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Ballets Russes has always intrigued me. Originally conceived by ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who is buried here in Venice on the island of San Michele, the itinerant company never performed in Russia, beginning its adventure in Paris in 1909.The Ballet Russes grew out of the World of Art movement, founded in Russia by artists opposed to the prevailing culture -- a talen...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Paris, Italy, Venice, Cleopatra, Venice Italy, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, San Michele, Michel Fokine, Diaghilev, Sergei Diaghilev, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Léon Bakst, Bakst, Palazzo Cini